Mr. John M. Dempsey

  • Born: May 5, 1940
  • Died: April 28, 2017
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

John M. Dempsey of Reading passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017. He was 76 years of age.

Born on May 5, 1940 in Boston, John was the loving son of the late Stanton Dempsey and Katherine (Fahey) Dempsey. John was a warm and caring son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be deeply missed.

John was a consummate family man. He loved his home and his family and adored his children. John was proud to be an Irishman. He enjoyed cooking, beer and his BCIC (Big Chair In Corner).

John was the beloved husband for 57 years of his high school sweetheart, Adeline (Rock) Dempsey. He was the devoted father of Michael Dempsey and his wife Kathleen, Joseph Dempsey and Mary McGrath and her husband Kevin. The cherished grandfather of Sean Dempsey and his wife Katie, Patrick Dempsey, Connor Dempsey and his wife Haley, Addie McGrath and Maeve McGrath, John was the doting great grandfather of Ceianna, Freddie and Michael.

Funeral from the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING Thursday, May 4th at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating John's Eternal Life in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St. Reading at 10am. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Wednesday, May 3rd from 4-7pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and ramped entrance are available. Interment Charles Lawn Memorial Park, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in memory of John to The Alzheimer's Association, MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02452 or by visiting

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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family Of Jack,
Im just finding out about his passing and was sad to hear it, I worked in the Reading Schools for 16 yrs and Jack was a good friend to me always stuck up for me in an argument, we had a lot of laughs My Older brother Ronnie went to School with him and his wife. very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Jack

Posted by Janice Muccio/ Taylor - Haverhill, MA - Coworker   April 14, 2018

Sorry to hear of Jack's passing.

Posted by Whitie Spaulding - Reading, MA - Friend   June 05, 2017

deepest sympathy to ady and family, in the loss of john dempsey.

Posted by john & rosemarie ingeme - reading, MA - Neighbor   May 04, 2017


My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family, May you find peace in every memory of your Dad, For all your memories are forever

Posted by Sharon Santoro - Reading, MA - Friend   May 01, 2017

Our condolences to all of the Dempsey Family.
I will always remember John's wit. One time, maybe 35 or more years ago, we were talking, and he mentioned he was working for NRC. "What's that stand for", I asked....His instant reply: "Nobody Really Cares". Ever since, when I find myself using an acronym, I try to pre-plan my quick retort to the question, "What's that stand for".

Posted by Michael and Susan Young - Boscawen, NH - Family Friend   May 01, 2017

So sad to hear this news. I guess I missed it on the other social media. Love and Hugs to everyone.

Posted by Suzanne Plummer - Friend   May 01, 2017

Rest In Peace John.

Posted by Stephen Phillips - Reading, MA - Neighbor   May 01, 2017

To Addie & Family

There are no words to soften the loss of a loved husband, father and grandfather. I do hope there is the relief in knowing he is at peace, is clear and healthy again as he was in his Manly Man days. I never pass by the Bench in front of our apartment that I don't see John and Billy out there talking about the good old days. We had many happy hours there with John. He could always make us smile..

You will be Missed John
Mary (Betty) Knight

Posted by Mary Knight - North Reading, MA - Friend   April 30, 2017